Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) says it has not yet retired renegade Gen David Sejusa as reports indicated yesterday.
UPDF Spokesman, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, refuted as not true reports that Gen Sejusa has been retired from the army.
UPDF Chief Political Commissar, Felix Kulaigye, says the commission’s board is yet to sit to consider Gen Sejusa’s retirement.
On the other hand, the former Coordinator of Military Intelligence, Gen Sejusa, says that President Yoweri Museveni, the commander-in-chief of the Ugandan armed forces, has granted him permission to retire from the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF).
According to URN, General Sejusa made the revelation yesterday afternoon as the 90 days deadline for his request to be retired from the army counted down.
“My hands had been tied for because I had to respect the rules and regulations we amended in UPDF. Am now retiring from UPDF,” Sejusa said in a social media message.
He told Daily Monitor that: ” There is no official information that I have not been released from the army. In government, there is red tape but in my possession, I have information from the Commander-in-Chief (the President), ordering that I be retired from the army.”
General Sejusa has been in the army for 38 years, starting out in the rebel outfit it was then in the 1981-1986 war as National Resistance Army.
On December 31st 2014, General Sejusa applied to the army leadership seeking to retire on several grounds including prolonged service to the nation.
In the letter, Sejusa noted that he had served in the army for 38 years and needed to retire to concentrate on his personal life.
The UPDF act requires the army leadership to respond within 90 days.
The commission that handles retirements led by the Chief of Defense Forces can either accept or deny the application.
However, Sejusa’s lawyer Ladislaus Rwakafuzi says they have not heard from the army leadership despite their repeated requests for a response.
Davis Mushabe, another counsel of Sejusa also told URN on Monday that he had not yet received any communication from the army yet only a few hours were remaining for the 90 days deadline to elapse.
Meanwhile, a total of about 503 soldiers at the 4th Division Army Barracks in Gulu District were yesterday retired from the army but Sejusa is not on that list.